The Interact Club of Krunch Robotics (a.k.a. Team 79 Krunch) is always looking to “team up” with new community partners and corporate sponsors, who have similar missions, values and initiatives, to develop mutually beneficial relationships.
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Below are some examples of the accomplishments Team 79 Krunch and its community partners have achieved by working together!
EAST LAKE COMMUNITY LIBRARY
The Interact Club of Krunch Robotics (a.k.a. Team 79 Krunch) greatly appreciates its partnership with the East Lake Community Library!
In the past, Team 79 Krunch has sponsored East Lake Library’s Lego Robotics Club, a 6-week program for students in grades 3-9, and hosted a Krunch Open House at the library.
Currently, Team 79 Krunch holds their meetings every Wednesday evening at the library and is excited about building a new robotics storage shed on its property by end of 2023!
TAMPA BAY TROOP SUPPORT
In partnership with The Tampa Bay Troop Support Group, The Interact Club of Krunch Robotics (a.k.a. Team 79 Krunch) shows its appreciation and respect for our troops while they are stationed overseas. We collect items and ship packages containing things like cards, letters, snacks, personal products, magazines, anything to send a little bit of home to a service member who is half a world away from their friends and family. In one year alone, we collected 53 baskets, nearly $2000 worth of food, for our military families for the holidays.
The Career Technical Engineering Foundation (“CTEF”) and MITRE joined with the U.S. Special Operations Command (“SOCOM”) to work with some Team 79 Krunch members on a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS). Our students, along with 5 other FRC teams in Florida, were asked to research, design, and prototype parts of an "Iron Man" suit to reduce human exposure in hazardous situations.
UNDERWATER UNMANNED VEHICLE INTERNSHIP
In 2015, partnering with MITRE Corporation, FIRST® Robotics, Kettering University, and the Career Technical Education Foundation (“CTEF”), several Team 79 Krunch members participated in an 8-month internship program faced with the challenge of designing, building, and programming an underwater unmanned vehicle capable of exploring sub-aquatic environments up to 100 foot depths. After 3 months, it performed before an audience of college professors, heads of engineering companies, and government sponsors. Upon completion, Team 79 Krunch members travelled to MacDill Air Force Base and presented their work to Army and Navy officials along with other FIRST® teams from around the state.
SOFWERX in Tampa, an innovation platform for the United States Special Operations Command, invited Team 79 Krunch members to perform a robot demonstration and is a supporter of local FIRST® robotics teams.
HONEYWELL ENGINEERING COURSE
In partnership with Honeywell, Team 79 Krunch’s founder and top sponsor since 1997, our team hosted a free, 8-week electrical engineering course led by two of our Honeywell mentors. The course covered the basics of electrical properties such as semiconductors, motor controllers, and solenoids. Specific robotics themes included robot wiring, sensors, and cRios. All students received materials which they could keep and use as resources.
Team 79 Krunch helped ToyMakers refurbish bicycles for those in need around our community and made toys to be given to underprivileged children during the holiday season.
SUNCOAST ANIMAL LEAGUE
For several years, Team 79 Krunch members volunteered time and collected food and supplies for this local, no-kill animal shelter.
In partnership with Raising Hope, Inc., FIRST Team 79 Krunch members collected of pajamas for foster children and provided gifts for two homeless families during the holiday season in Pinellas County.
MOSI SUMMER CAMPS
FIRST® Team 79 Krunch partnered with the Museum of Science and Industry (“MOSI”) in Tampa to offer 6 weeks of summer robotics workshops for students in grades 3-8
SALVATION ARMY “RING THE BELL”
AND ANGEL TREE PROGRAM
The Interact Club of Krunch Robotics (a.k.a. Team 79 Krunch) partnered with the Rotary Club of East Lake Sunrise in the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle “Ring The Bell” Campaign which helps feed the hungry, provide shelter for the homeless, and provides gifts for needy children. Team 79 Krunch also adopted a family through the Angel Tree Program at the Salvation Army to provide Christmas for a family of 5.
In partnership with SCUBAnauts, Team 79 Krunch participated in local beach clean ups to help aid, in our own way, recovery operations after Hurricane Irma. We helped clean the beaches of Dunedin to keep and maintain a clean, safe environment
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Team Krunch 79 members worked together with mentors, tradesmen, and community volunteers, “passing the hammer” to help prepare two new homes for local families.